Lexington Karaoke events

Lauryn Haas

A fun night out doesn’t have to break the bank; sometimes all you need is your voice.

Bars in Lexington frequently host karaoke nights because they are popular with the college community. Next time you’re asking around the room with your friends trying to think of ideas to beat boredom, think about heading to one of these places for some karaoke:

Mac’s Karaoke Bar

Located near Turfland Mall, Mac’s claim to fame is that the bar hosts karaoke every single night. The bar opened on Sep. 24, 2012, and hosts karaoke from Monday through Saturday starting at 7 p.m. and on Sunday starting at 8 p.m.

Mac’s occasionally has themed nights, and previous events have included holiday-themed karaoke, 90’s night and Throwback Thursday. Upcoming themed nights can be found on its Facebook page.

Tanya Penrod, the active Bar Manager and Event Planner for Mac’s Karaoke Bar, said that what makes Mac’s different from other karaoke bars is the connection between the employees and karaoke enthusiasts.

“We have active owners and management that are on site at all times. We interact with our customers. We give back to the community,” Penrod said. “We try to promote a safe and fun environment for all of our patrons.”

Survivors Karaoke

If you’re looking for late night karaoke, Survivors Karaoke is the place for you. Located across from the Fayette Mall, Survivors is open every day until 2:30 a.m. Its website is currently under construction, but the song list is posted online for anyone who wants to find their favorite song ahead of time.

Survivors also hosts live music and streams sporting events on the big screen, offering entertainment for every interest.

“Survivors Karaoke is the local hotspot in Lexington to sing your heart out, have a few drinks, and enjoy the company of your favorite people in a fun and casual atmosphere,” said the Facebook page. “Bring your friends or stop by and meet some new ones! At Survivors, you can enter as strangers, and leave as friends.”

Collins Bowling Center

For the karaoke lover who is looking for even more entertainment, Collins Bowling Center offers bowling and karaoke near Kroger Field on Southland Drive. The designated college night for those 21 and over is on Tuesdays starting at 9:30 p.m. Karaoke is also hosted in its 11th Frame Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. when there is not a live band booked.

Manager of Southland Bowling Lanes Eileen Nichols credits their DJ for contributing to the success of the karaoke nights.

“Mr. Eric Jones is our DJ,” Nichols said. “He is very popular with our college crowd and weekend guests.”

Wild Cat Saloon

If you’re in the downtown area, Wild Cat Saloon invites you to come “sing-along, drink-along & rock-along” at its Western-themed bar. Established in September 2010 during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Wild Cat has been hosting karaoke nights for the past six years.

Wild Cat started hosting one night a week to drum in business and now hosts every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. and every Friday and Saturday night starting at 11 p.m. It doesn’t currently host theme nights but are working on setting up 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s nights in the near future.

Manager Cory Carpenter says that the success of karaoke comes down to the guest’s ability to choose their own music for their own party.

“We’re in the downtown pavilion, so other places have live music, but we just go the karaoke route,” Carpenter said. “It works. It’s like you’re in Nashville.”